Mrs. Hart: From what the Right IIon. Gentleman has just said, may I take it that he agrees that a substantial international presence would be required, first, to define where the food needs are and, second, to distribute food without creating a system which could be used for military purposes?
Second, is the Right IIon. Gentleman completely aware of the great concern about the question that has been shown in various meetings this week amongst the aid agencies in Britain?
Third, while he is in the United States, will the Right Hon. Gentleman take the opportunity to talk with the World Bank Chairman of the Pakistan Aid Consortium both about the general effort that could be made to urge further upon Yahya Khan the need for a genuine political settlement rather than an artificial political settlement, and to discuss with him the problem of the need for considerable extra economic assistance to India?
Sir Alec Douglas-Home: I think that a substantial international presence will be necessary. There are 40 personnel now operating in East Pakistan, and I should think that many more are necessary, particularly those with expert knowledge of transport and communications. I am seeing the voluntary agencies tomorrow, and I will take up with them the question raised by the Right Hon. Lady and see how they think they can best help. I do not know whether I shall be able to see the World Bank Chairman, although I will try. As to aid to Pakistan in general, the Consortium must look ahead to a development plan for the whole of Pakistan. I think that the Right Hon. Lady knows that, with the consent of the Pakistan Government, the unanimous feeling in the Consortium was that the great majority of aid for the future must be centered on East Pakistan, but that that depends on getting a political structure there which will lead to political stability.